If ever there was a time to start paying attention to Will Wade and the LSU basketball team, it might be now.
LSU pulled off its second straight SEC road upset Wednesday evening with a 75-54 win over Arkansas in Bud Walton Arena. With the win, LSU improved to 11-4 on the season and 2-1 in SEC play. This comes less than a week after the Tigers upset then-No. 11 Texas A&M in College Station on Saturday. Prior to Wednesday, LSU hadn’t beaten Arkansas in Fayetteville since 2015.
The Tigers jumped out to a huge lead early and never relented. By the time the clock struck 12:30 in the first half, LSU held a 19-5 lead. Four minutes later, that lead was 27-9. The Tigers led by as many as 24 points at the 4:47 mark in the first half and led 41-21 going into halftime.
After the half, Arkansas charged its way back into the game, cutting the deficit to as few as 11 points. But LSU followed that stretch with a 12-0 run to regain its huge lead and from there coasted toward victory in the final 10 minutes.
Offensively, LSU thrived by spreading the ball around. Six LSU players scored at least 8 points, with senior forward Aaron Epps leading the way with 13. The Tigers were able to achieve that big of a spread on the score sheet thanks to strong passing, as they finished with 18 assists, setting a new season high for conference play.
Defensively, LSU stifled any and everything Arkansas tried to do. The Razorbacks shot 18.2 percent from the field in the first half and shot 4 for 18 from 3-point range for the game. LSU’s defense held Arkansas’ Daryl Macon, who entered the game as the SEC’s seventh-leading scorer, to 6 points on a 1-of-6 night from the floor.
What’s next for the LSU basketball team?
LSU basketball returns home on Saturday for a tough matchup against freshman phenom Collin Sexton and SEC rival Alabama. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast nationally on the SEC Network.